Farewell to Bush

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Weapons of Mass Deception, by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber
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"Jubilant Iraqis Swarm the Streets of Capital," read the New York Times headline.

Or did they?

In their eye-opening new exposé, Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq, Rampton and Stauber take no prisoners as they reveal - headline by headline, news show by news show, press conference by press conference - the deliberate, aggressive, and highly successful public relations campaign that sold the Iraqi war to the American public. April 9th seemed to confirm what Washington and pro-war pundits had been saying for months: that the Iraqi people would eventually come to see America as their liberator, not their enemy. Yet the American media chose to focus on headlines such as "Iraqis Celebrate in Baghdad" (Washington Post) rather than on a Reuters long-shot photo of Firdos Square showing it to be nearly empty, or the Muslim cleric who was assassinated by an angry crowd in Najaf for being too friendly to the Americans, or the 20,000 Iraqis in Nasiriyah rallying to oppose the U.S. military presence.

We've always known what good PR and advertising could do for a new line of sneakers, cosmetics, or weight-loss products. In Weapons of Mass Deception, Rampton and Stauber show us a brave new shocking world where savvy marketers, "information warriors," and "perception managers" can sell an entire war to consumers. Indeed, Washington successfully brought together the world's top ad agencies and media empires to create "Operation: Iraqi Freedom" - a product no decent, patriotic citizen could possibly object to. With meticulous research and documentation, Rampton and Stauber deconstruct this and other "true lies" behind the war:

* Top Bush officials advocated the invasion of Iraq even before he took office, but waited until September 2002 to inform the public, through what the White House termed a "product launch."

* White House officials used repetition and misinformation - the "big lie" tactic - to create the false impression that Iraq was behind the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States, especially in the case of the alleged meeting in Prague five months earlier between 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta and Iraqi intelligence officials.

* The "big lie" tactic was also employed in the first Iraq war when a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl named Nayirah told the horrific - but fabricated - story of Iraqi soldiers wrenching hundreds of premature Kuwaiti babies from their incubators and leaving them to die. Her testimony was printed in a press kit prepared by Citizens for a Free Kuwait, a PR front group created by Hill and Knowlton, then the world's largest PR firm.

* In order to achieve "third party authenticity" in the Muslim world, a group called the Council of American Muslims for Understanding launched its own web site, called OpenDialogue.com. However, its chairman admitted that the idea began with the State Department, and that the group was funded by the U.S. government.

* Forged documents were used to "prove" that Iraq possessed huge stockpiles of banned weapons.

* A secretive PR firm working for the Pentagon helped create the Iraqi National Congress (INC), which became one of the driving forces behind the decision to go to war.

Weapons of Mass Deception is the first book to expose the aggressive public relations campaign used to sell the American public on the war with Iraq. It is a must-read for those who want to know how and why they bought this war.
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How Lenin got into electing George W. Bush
During the 2000 presidential and congressional elections, every Republican member of the U.S. Congress received a free pamphlet, compliments of Congressman Tom DeLay, the party's majority whip. Written by conservative activist David Horowitz, the pamphlet was called The Art of Political War: How Republicans Can Fight to Win. It came with an endorsement on the cover by Karl Rove, the senior advisor to then-candidate George W. Bush. According to Rove, The Art of Political War was "a perfect pocket guide to winning on the political battlefield from an experienced warrior." In addition to DeLay's gift to members of Congress, the Heritage Foundation, one of the leading conservative think tanks in Washington, found Horowitz's advice so impressive that it sent another 2,300 copies to conservative activists around the country.

True to its title, The Art of Political War argues that "Politics is war conducted by other means. In political warfare you do not fight just to prevail in an argument, but to destroy the enemy's fighting ability. ... In political wars, the aggressor usually prevails." Moreover, "Politics is a war of position. In war there are two sides: friends and enemies. Your task is to define yourself as the friend of as large a constituency as possible compatible with your principles, while defining your opponent as the enemy whenever you can. The act of defining combatants is analogous to the military concept of choosing the terrain of battle. Choose the terrain that makes the fight as easy for you as possible."

This concept of politics as warfare is intimately connected to Horowitz's personal political roots. In the 1960s, he was a militant Marxist and editor of Ramparts, one of the most radical leftist magazines in the United States. He also lent his vocal support to the Black Panther Party, which advocated and practiced armed "self-defense" against what it viewed as the "foreign occupying force" of racist white police. After becoming disillusioned with the Panthers, Horowitz took a hard swing to the right, thereby winning the admiration of the conservatives he used to denounce. His memoir of the 1960s, Destructive Generation, was one of three books that Karl Rove recommended to George W. Bush in 1993 as Rove began grooming Bush for the presidency. Horowitz has visited Bush personally on several occasions to offer advice, beginning with Bush's days as governor of Texas and continuing during his presidency.

Of course, Horowitz is not the only disillusioned leftist from the sixties. What makes him significant is that his militancy has remained constant, even as his worldview has changed. In a strange way, he remains a Leninist, right down to his appearance (balding, with a Lenin-like goatee). He even continues to offer Lenin's words as advice. "You cannot cripple an opponent by outwitting him in a political debate," he explains in The Art of Political War. "You can do it only by following Lenin's injunction: 'In political conflicts, the goal is not to refute your opponent's argument, but to wipe him from the face of the earth.'"
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Just a few little questions for you my oh so blind and biased, Multi Culti, Left wing CAT. Did Saddam Hussein ever use WMD's on his own people? You KNOW he did. Did Saddam Hussein brag about the WMD's he was making right up to and even during the invasion? Yes he did. Did Saddam Hussein do everything he could to thwart and deceive the UN inspectors and in fact throw them out? Yes he did. Did virtually ALL the Western Governments AND the Security Services believe that Saddam Hussein had WMD's prior to the invasion NOT just the Americans. Yes they DID.

[b]But here you come with your 20/20 hindsight vision and claim YOU knew all along what Western Security Services and Governments didn't . Don't make me LAUGH. [/b]. Left wing apologists like you just make me want to puke.
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President Bush Praised for Clear Condemnation of Malaysian Leader's Anti-Semitic Speech

New York, NY, October 20, 2003 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today praised President George W. Bush for his remarks in a face-to-face encounter with the Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, in which the President forcefully condemned Mahathir's virulently anti-Semitic speech to the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

"We commend President George W. Bush for his forceful denunciation of anti-Semitism, both in the public statements by his administration over the last several days and in his face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "In making his outrage known on both a personal and public level, the President has made clear that the prime minister's anti-Semitism and his continuing defense of his speech is unaccceptable and morally repugnant."

In correspondence to the President, the League expressed appreciation for his leadership and moral clarity in denouncing anti-Semitism, while expressing concern that the vast majority of those nations who participated in the summit meeting have continued to express support for the prime minister's speech. The speech was met by a standing ovation by participants at the 57-nation Islamic summit.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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Bush praised for efforts to build China ties
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LIMA: President Hu Jintao praised US President George W. Bush for his active efforts to develop the Sino-US relations since he took office and hoped he would continue to play an active role in promoting bilateral ties.

Sino-US relations have made significant headway thanks to concerted efforts in the last seven years, Hu said at the meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

It is the second time that Hu met Bush, who leaves office in January, since they met in the Group of 20 Summit less than 10 days ago.

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US President George W. Bush (L) and Chinese President Hu Jintao meet in Lima November 21, 2008. [Agencies]

"Reviewing the development of the Sino-US relations over the past years, the most important experience we gained is that we should proceed from a strategic and long-term perspective, take a firm hold of the main course of the Sino-US constructive and cooperative relations, increase mutual trust, enhance cooperation and deal with disagreements and sensitive issues properly, in particular, the Taiwan question," Hu said.

The Taiwan question concerns China's key interests and remains the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-US relations, Hu said, noting that the one-China principle can never be changed.

At the moment, the relationship between the United States and China is going through a pivotal period and China is willing to work with the United States to maintain its sound development, he added.

China will continue to adopt effective measures to maintain a stable and moderately fast economic growth so as to play a constructive role in helping maintain the stability of the world economy, he added.

Bush pledged to continue to help promote the development of bilateral ties.

He admitted the importance of the US-China economic and trade relations, urging both sides to make joint efforts to advance the Doha round of talks and take concrete actions to prevent protectionism.

He also appreciated China's active participation in the G20 summit and lauded the constructive role that China played at the meeting.

The two leaders also exchanged views on the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, the Iranian nuclear issue, and the Doha round of trade talks and agreed to keep close communication on these issues.

Sino-Japanese relations

Chinese President shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Lima, November 23, 2008. [Xinhua]

On Saturday, Hu held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso and said this has been a very important year in the development of the Sino-Japanese relations.

"I went to Japan twice and Japanese prime ministers visited China twice. The two sides signed the fourth political document," said Hu.

The frequent exchange of visits and communications has given a strong impetus to the development of the Sino-Japanese relations, he said.

Hu said the Sino-Japanese relationship has embarked on a new historical starting point and embraces important opportunities for further development.

China is ready to work together with Japan to push forward the sound and stable growth of their strategic and mutually beneficial relations.

Aso expressed the wish that leaders of the two countries will continue to maintain their frequent visits and contacts. The two leaders also exchanged views on ways to deal with the international financial crisis.

Aso expressed appreciation at China's latest 10 major policy measures aimed to boost domestic demand and stimulate economic growth.

Aso said these was the right approach amid the US and European economic slowdown and been well received by the international community.

Amid the spreading international financial crisis, China and Japan, as two big world economies, should enhance exchange of information and play an active part in safeguarding financial stability and economic growth of Asia and the world at large.

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I have a question for you my Bush hating friend . What is the National Debt NOW since Obama decided to spend TRILLIONS of Dollars he has not got and how many jobs will the PORKULUS generate???? 700,000 jobs were lost LAST MONTH alone mmm wonder who is in power now?
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Shock HORROr DEMOCRATS wanted BUSH TO FAIL. Wow we never saw the MSM pile in on this did we oh no all that crap is reserved for Rush Limbaugh. Moonbats don't you just HATE them

Flashback: On the Morning of 9/11, James Carville Wanted Bush to Fail
March 11, 2009


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RUSH: Okay. It's finally been posted. I've been waiting for this. When I got in here to our broadcast complex this morning, there was an e-mail from Bill Sammon at Fox News. He's the DC bureau chief there, and he said, "Rush, I'm working on a piece here, I hope to have it ready by the time your show starts, and here it is." And I read this, and I just smiled, mouth fell open a little bit, and I just smiled. And then Bill Sammon asked me for any input. "Would you like to reply to what I learned?" So I sent him a note back, and the story has been posted at FoxNews.com. It's also linked, by the way, at the Drudge Report. The headline: "Flashback: Carville Wanted Bush to Fail," but that is only half the story. "The press never reported that Democratic strategist James Carville said he wanted President Bush to fail before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But a feeding frenzy ensued when radio host Rush Limbaugh recently said he wanted Obama's," policies to fail. Here you go, folks. Listen to this.

"On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just minutes before learning of the terrorist attacks on America, Democratic strategist James Carville was hoping for President Bush to fail, telling a group of Washington reporters: 'I certainly hope he doesn't succeed.' Carville was joined by Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, who seemed encouraged by a survey he had just completed that revealed public misgivings about the newly minted president. 'We rush into these focus groups with these doubts that people have about him, and I'm wanting them to turn against him,' Greenberg admitted." Greenberg wanted to do a poll that would cause the American people to turn against Bush on the morning of 9/11. You see, the dirty little secret is that an honest utterance by me, purely uttered for the sake of my country is turned into a scandal, and last week it was the number-two news item in this country according to some media group. Economy was number one. I was the number two item. Yet it is standard operating procedure for the Democrat Party to not do things in the best interests of the country, but rather in the best interests of their party.

I am not the Republican Party and I didn't say what I said for the benefit of the Republican Party. I said what I said because I love America and our people, and I want everyone to succeed. After Greenberg said, "'We rush into these focus groups with these doubts that people have about him, and I'm wanting them to turn against him," Greenberg then said with a chuckle, "They don't want him to fail. I mean, they think it matters if the president of the United States fails." So the people in the focus groups did not want Bush to fail, but they turned around and ginned up, or were prepared to gin up a bunch of research designed to convince the American people that Bush should fail, and they did, you have to admit it. "Minutes later, as news of the terrorist attacks reached the hotel conference room where the Democrats were having breakfast with the reporters, Carville announced: 'Disregard everything we just said! This changes everything!'"

What did they change it for, three weeks? What was it, three or four weeks, the Democrats, Bush isn't doing anything, Bush isn't responding. Three weeks and they were back on the case of Bush this and Bush that. "The press followed Carville's orders, never reporting his or Greenberg's desire for Bush to fail. ... That omission stands in stark contrast to the feeding frenzy that ensued when radio host Rush Limbaugh recently said he wanted President Obama to fail." Here's what I told Bill Sammon in the piece. I said, "The difference between Carville and his ilk and me is that I care about what happens to my country. I am not saying what I say for political advantage. I oppose actions, such as Obama's socialist agenda, that hurt my country. I deal in principles, not polls. Carville and people like him live and breathe political exploitation. This is all a game to them. It's not a game to me. I am concerned about the well-being and survival of our nation. When has Carville ever advocated anything that would benefit the country at the expense of his party?" That's what I told Bill Sammon. That's in the story.
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Pragmatist wrote:Shock HORROr DEMOCRATS wanted BUSH TO FAIL. Wow we never saw the MSM pile in on this did we oh no all that crap is reserved for Rush Limbaugh. Moonbats don't you just HATE them

Flashback: On the Morning of 9/11, James Carville Wanted Bush to Fail
March 11, 2009
This has been quoted completely out of context. The tragedy of 9/11 happened few hours later. Then, Carville stated: ''Disregard everything we just said. This changes everything''. That's NOT the case with Limbaugh, saying what he said in a time of war and economic meltdown, three days after Obama's inauguration, while Carville's statements were made in a time more serene.

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I’ve now obtained a transcript of what Carville really said, based on audio of the event. And while Carville did say that he hoped Bush “doesn’t succeed,” the transcript shows that there’s a world of difference between the formulations used by Carville and Limbaugh. It shows clearly that Carville was only saying that he hoped Bush would fail politically, not substantively, as Limbaugh hopes of Obama.

Fox News’ Bill Sammon reported Carville’s comments this way:

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just minutes before learning of the terrorist attacks on America, Democratic strategist James Carville was hoping for President Bush to fail, telling a group of Washington reporters: “I certainly hope he doesn’t succeed.” That’s the only relevant line from Carville Sammon quoted. Carville’s comments were made at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on the morning of 9/11, before the attacks. The Monitor’s Dave Cook, who runs the breakfasts, has audio of the event, and he transcribed the relevant comments and emailed them to me. Carville was asked if Bush was politically vulnerable. Carville replied (...):

I don’t care if people like him or not, just so they don’t vote for him and his party. That is all I care about. I hope he doesn’t succeed, but I am a partisan democrat. But the average person wants him to succeed. It is his country, his life or their lives. So he has that going for him. There is a lot that is going to happen between now and next November. It is not that people don’t like him. It is not that people don’t want him to succeed but it is also not that he doesn’t have some serious underlying problems.

It’s clear from that context that Carville was talking about his own desire for the President to fail politically, in terms of getting votes for himself and his party, not in policy terms. Carville went on to say that average Americans want him to succeed substantively, which he said was a political boon to Bush. Cook wrote on his Monitor blog this morning that Sammon had quoted Carville accurately, which is true: Sammon did get the one line he quoted right. But the larger context shows clearly that Carville’s comments just aren’t comparable to Rush’s.

I asked Carville for comment on the trancript, which he hadn’t seen yet. “I was referring to the political success, not the policy success,” Carville said. “I’m glad this is ending the way I suspected it would. I was speaking politically.”
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The Top 43 Appointees Who Helped Make Bush The Worst President Ever.
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The first 5:
1. Dick Cheney — The worst Dick since Nixon. The man who shot his friend while in office. The “most powerful and controversial vice president.” Until he got the job, people used to actually think it was a bad thing that the vice presidency has historically been a do-nothing position. Asked by PBS’s Jim Lehrer about why people hate him, Cheney rejected the premise, saying, “I don’t buy that.”
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2. Karl Rove — There wasn’t a scandal in the Bush administration that Rove didn’t have his fingerprints all over — see Plame, Iraq war deception, Gov. Don Siegelman, U.S. Attorney firings, missing e-mails, and more. As senior political adviser and later as deputy chief of staff, “The Architect” was responsible for politicizing nearly every agency of the federal government.
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3. Alberto Gonzales — Fundamentally dishonest and woefully incompetent, Gonzales was involved in a series of scandals, first as White House counsel and then as Attorney General. Some of the most notable: pressuring a “feeble” and “barely articulate” Attorney General Ashcroft at his hospital bedside to sign off on Bush’s illegal wiretapping program; approving waterboarding and other torture techniques to be used against detainees; and leading the firing of U.S. Attorneys deemed not sufficiently loyal to Bush.
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4. Donald Rumsfeld — After winning praise for leading the U.S. effort in ousting the Taliban from Afghanistan in 2001, the former Defense Secretary strongly advocated for the invasion of Iraq and then grossly misjudged and mishandled its aftermath. Rumsfeld is also responsible for authorizing the use of torture against terror detainees in U.S. custody; according to a bipartisan Senate report, Rumsfeld “conveyed the message that physical pressures and degradation were appropriate treatment for detainees.”
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5. Michael Brown — This former commissioner of the International Arabian Horse Association was appointed by Bush to head FEMA in 2003. After Katrina made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, Brownie promptly did a “heck of a job” bungling the government’s relief efforts, and was sent back to Washington a few days later. He was forced to resign shortly thereafter.
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Worst nominees (#6 to 10)

6. Paul Wolfowitz — As Deputy Secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2005, Wolfowitz was one of the primary architects of the Iraq war, arguing for the invasion as early as Sept. 15, 2001. Testifying before Congress in February 2003, Wolfowitz said that it was “hard to conceive that it would take more forces to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq than it would take to conduct the war itself.” Wolfowitz eventually admitted that “for bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction,” as a justification for war...
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7. David Addington — “Cheney’s Cheney” was the “most powerful man you’ve never heard of.” As the leader of Bush’s legal team and Cheney’s chief of staff, Addington was the biggest proponent of some of Bush’s most notorious legal abuses, such as torture and warrantless surveillance, and is a loyal follower of the so-called unitary executive theory.
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8. Stephen Johnson — EPA Administrator Johnson subverted the agency’s mission at the behest of the White House and corporate interests, suppressing staff recommendations on pesticides, mercury, lead paint, smog, and global warming.
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9. Douglas Feith — Undersecretary of Defense for Policy from 2001-2005, Feith headed up the notorious Office of Special Plans, an in-house Pentagon intelligence shop devised by Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz to produce intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq.
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10. John Bolton — As Undersecretary of State, Bolton offered a strong voice in favor of invading Iraq and pushed for the U.S. to disengage from the International Criminal Court and key international arms control agreements. A recess appointment landed Bolton the job of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, despite his stringent animosity toward the world body.
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Adding up...
11. John You; 12. Ari Fleisher; 13. John aschroft; -14. Henry Paulson; 15. L. Paul Bremer;
16. Bradley Schlozman; 17. J. Steven Griles; 18. Condoleezza Rice; 19. Lewis Scooter Libby;
20. Monica Goodling; 21. Alphonso Jackson; 22. Michael Hayden; 23. Lurita Doan;
24. Gale Norton; 25. Lester Crawford; 26. Harriet Miers; 27. Hans von Spakovsky;
28. Tommy Franks ; 29. Thomas Scully; 30. Julie MacDonald; 31. William Haynes;
32. David Safavian; 33. James Connaughton; 34. William Luti; 35. Susan Orr;
36. Christopher Cox; 37. Elliott Abrams; 38. Philip Cooney; 39. Colin Powell;
40. Elaine Chao; 41. Julie Myers; 42. Wade Horn; 43. George Deustch.

Adding still:
John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Ken Lay, Henry Hyde, Bob Barr; Dan Burton, Bill McCollam,
Charles Canady, J. C. Watts, Helen Chenoweth, Ken Calvert, John Peterson, Jim Sensenbrenner,
Newt Gingrich, Jay Kim, Bill Frist, Duke Cunningham, Bob Ney, Jack Abramoff, Joe Allbaugh,
Ernie Fletcher, Bob Taft, Thomas Noe, Richard Perle, Tom Ridge, David Horowitz.

We've got:
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George Bush's forte for gifted leadership

George Bush's leadership skills receive their due in a new book, says Marc Abrahams
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* Marc Abrahams
* The Guardian, Tuesday 7 October 2008


Scholars like to celebrate the leadership genius of President George Bush - scholars named Carolyn B Thompson, James W Ware, Marvin Olasky and Ken Blanchard.

Thompson and Ware wrote a book called The Leadership Genius of George W Bush: 10 Common Sense Lessons from the Commander-in-Chief. Published during the early years of his presidency, it begins with these words: "George Bush may not hold himself out as a genius, but as the book closed on the 2002 midterm elections, it became abundantly clear that he is a brilliant leader."

The authors remind us that, before Bush was made US president, political commentators held him in low regard: "In their eyes he was a lightweight worthy of little but scorn and contempt."

Thompson and Ware say: "Something was wrong with this picture. As authors and consultants in the field of leadership, we were knowledgable about the subject ... We asked ourselves: what makes him so effective? How does he do it?"

Their chapter titles highlight the keys to Bush's brilliance:

· Can I Trust You? Become Credible.

· Bring in the Right People, part 1. Don't Be Afraid to Hire People Smarter Than You.

· Bring in the Right People, part 2. Leave 'Em Alone!

· Give It to 'Em Straight. Communicate.

· Intuitive Wisdom. Trust Your Instincts.

· Getting Results. Hold People Accountable.

These are the very qualities for which Bush later came to be celebrated - his trustworthiness, his persistence in hiring the "right" people and scrupulously not micro-managing them, his approach to forthrightness and honesty, his inarguable gut reactions, and his practice of always holding other people accountable.

Thompson and Ware point out that Bush named his campaign plane Accountability, and that he said: "There is a concept that you are responsible for your behaviour. You can't shirk off your problems on somebody else."

They remind us that Bush is just like Albert Einstein. "For Einstein," they explain, "intuition was more important than knowledge."

The book includes, on its back cover, a pithy analysis by Olasky, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He writes: "Political journalists love graduate student intelligence, the ability to make clever allusions in seminars, and in 1999-2000, they hassled George W Bush for not having it. They didn't realise what this book succinctly displays: that the president has something far more important - CEO intelligence, the ability to ask tough questions, garner essential information and make discerning decisions. Such intelligence can be fostered and honed, and this book shows how."

President Bush's CEO intelligence has paid off, big time, in the final months of his administration. In these past few weeks, as September became October, the American economy achieved a level of growth that the entire world finds stunning.

The back also gives a savvy analysis by Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager: "Finally, a fun-to-read book about George W Bush that details the secrets to his success!"

· Marc Abrahams is editor of the bimonthly Annals of Improbable Research and organiser of the Ig Nobel prize

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God praise President George W. Bush
Stephen Ontko
Issue date: 1/20/09 Section: Opinion

Today is the day the momentous presidency of President George W. Bush comes to an end. During Bush's tenure, he has been endlessly mocked, maligned, accused as a criminal and a villain. Even his very life was threatened when a live grenade appeared near where he spoke in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2005. The treatment this country - and the world - has given to President Bush is utterly shameful. It is impossible to agree on all topics to the last detail with anyone, but when a leader demonstrates great courage despite many obstacles to fight for America, justice calls for the proper respect and recognition to be given.

The world was falsely perceived as safe when Bush took office, coinciding with waning economic growth from unbelievable advances in technology, a world where issues like California's rolling blackouts adorned headlines. Bush corrected many wrongs wrought by the Clinton years. President Bush phased in tax cuts and restored American sovereignty by opting out of Clinton's Kyoto Protocol ambitions.

During Bush's tenure in office, the nation no longer lived in a false sense of security as the greatest attack in the U.S., at least since Pearl Harbor, occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. The inaction toward gathering threats to America during the Clinton era would finally cease as President Bush lead military force to destroy the safe havens that the Islamic supremacists who perpetrated 9/11, Al Qaeda, had under the Taliban in Afghanistan.

During the Clinton years, U.S. intelligence agencies were prohibited from collaborating with other agencies committed to America's safety. The Patriot Act ended this failure in intelligence gathering once Bush signed it and would have allowed the FBI, as Debra Burlingame states in a Jan. 30, 2006 column in the Wall Street Journal, to prevent Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi from flying one of the planes into the Pentagon on 9/11 if it had been signed before that day.

Given the perils that became evident in allowing "threats to fully materialize," as with 9/11, President Bush rightly pressed the international community to, as the U.S., cease being a paper tiger. Saddam Hussein was allowed to deny and deceive U.N. weapons inspectors and defied 17 U.N. resolutions to account for his weapons programs. After 12 years of gathering threats after the Gulf War, President Bush refused to allow America's security to be dependent on the U.N. Security Council, bringing consequences to unanswered demands. America is safer with an enemy like Saddam Hussein dead and no longer able to develop weapons with yellowcake for nuclear enrichment that was found in Iraq, as the Associate Press reported July 5, 2008, in addition to collaborating with Al Qaeda operatives such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Furthermore, Moammar Qaddafi was successfully deterred from continuing Libya's nuclear weapons program, which the LA Times reported Nov. 28, 2004 was involved with and gave new information on Abdul Qadeer Khan's nuclear proliferation network to western authorities, all because Bush took corrective action in Iraq.

In 2003, Bush triumphed in economic policy, passing tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. This resulted in unemployment falling from 6.3% in June 2003 to 4.4% in October 2006, as mentioned in a Wall Street Journal editorial Jan. 17. The federal deficit also decreased to around $350 billion from $412 billion as government revenues increased 13.6% for the first seven months of fiscal year 2005 from the year before, another Wall Street Journal editorial reported on May 23, 2005.

Although Bush has been judged with great fault for the handling of Hurricane Katrina relief failures, the local and state governments that are charged with the most responsibility for handling such crisis are at most to blame. As Bob Williams wrote in the Wall Street Journal Sept. 7, 2005, New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin failed to coordinate relief efforts with the state emergency systems. The governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco, in turn, failed to request the specific aide that was needed from the federal government (FEMA) in a timely manner. As Williams pointed out, the federal government cannot intervene in state emergency disasters until it is requested for them to do so in a specific capacity.

Bush nominated sound candidates to the judiciary: John Roberts and Samuel Alito, who were both approved, contributed to strict constructionist positions to defend and uphold the Constitution, such as their contribution to overturning Washington D.C.'s unconstitutional ban on hand guns for home self-defense last summer. Bush further defended the Second Amendment by refusing to renew the ban on assault weapons in 2004.

Bush corrected initial Iraq war strategy mistakes, increasing troop levels with the Gen. Patraeus-led surge, despite overwhelming pressures to surrender and hence dangerously risk American security to Al Qaeda in Iraq. Because of Bush's courage as commander-in-chief, U.S. troop casualties are at war lows, July 2008 having the least amount of casualties.

Many have made an occupation of maliciously belittling and demonizing President Bush. Through the endless disregard for his administration, which he hardly defended against, history has a chance to exonerate Bush more than he ever defended himself, whereby his decisions are viewed through the necessities of the era and not special interests. Until then, on this last day of his duty, I thank President Bush for his service, and may God bless this misunderstood 43rd president of the United States of America.

Stephen Ontko is a senior economics major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at sontko@kent.edu.

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piggy wrote:During the Clinton years, U.S. intelligence agencies were prohibited from collaborating with other agencies committed to America's safety. The Patriot Act ended this failure in intelligence gathering once Bush signed it and would have allowed the FBI, as Debra Burlingame states in a Jan. 30, 2006 column in the Wall Street Journal, to prevent Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi from flying one of the planes into the Pentagon on 9/11 if it had been signed before that day.
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Geldof: Western Press Refuses to Credit Bush for African Achievements
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February 19, 2008 - 23:17 ET

President Bush is off in Africa this week enjoying plaudits from numerous African political leaders for his efforts to modernize and improve health and human rights situations there.

Just as they've done with positive Iraq news, however, the Western press is burying the story when it comes to the Bush administration's achievements in Africa. Irish rock star and human rights activist Bob Geldof chided the media today for the situation:

Mr. Geldof praised Mr. Bush for his work in delivering billions to fight disease and poverty in Africa, and blasted the U.S. press for ignoring the achievement.

Mr. Bush, said Mr. Geldof, "has done more than any other president so far."

"This is the triumph of American policy really," he said. "It was probably unexpected of the man. It was expected of the nation, but not of the man, but both rose to the occasion."

"What's in it for [Mr. Bush]? Absolutely nothing," Mr. Geldof said.

Mr. Geldof said that the president has failed "to articulate this to Americans" but said he is also "pissed off" at the press for their failure to report on this good news story.

"You guys didn't pay attention," Geldof said to a group of reporters from all the major newspapers.

It's not just that the press didn't pay attention, though. The blame for this is on the shoulders of both the White House for not getting the message out sufficiently and on the western elite media who have shown a decided lack of interest in news that reflects positively on Republican administrations.

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I have a question for you my Bush hating friend . What is the National Debt NOW since Obama decided to spend TRILLIONS of Dollars he has not got and how many jobs will the PORKULUS generate???? 700,000 jobs were lost LAST MONTH alone mmm wonder who is in power now?
The whole lot of the intelligence in the world will be insufficient to save the America and the world from the Bushian fiasco. Obama, with what ever may be his intelligence would hardly rescue America from Busshian chaos.

The whole lot of goodness in the world does not match the evil power of Bush(Sr.). The whole lot of brilliance will be absorbed into the black hole of Bushian(JR) stupidity.

It does not require to praise obama to condemn Bush. Bush is the disaster on the Humanity. Satan could never be worse evil than old Bush. No fool is ever born to match the young bush. Obama if he could rescue america from the damages, then he will be the greatest hero the world ever had. Could Obama's goodness and intelligence match the villainy and stupidity of the Bushs'?

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I have a question for you my Bush hating friend . What is the National Debt NOW since Obama decided to spend TRILLIONS of Dollars he has not got and how many jobs will the PORKULUS generate???? 700,000 jobs were lost LAST MONTH alone mmm wonder who is in power now?
The whole lot of the intelligence in the world will be insufficient to save the America and the world from the Bushian fiasco. Obama, with what ever may be his intelligence would hardly rescue America from Busshian chaos.

The whole lot of goodness in the world does not match the evil power of Bush(Sr.). The whole lot of brilliance will be absorbed into the black hole of Bushian(JR) stupidity.

It does not require to praise obama to condemn Bush. Bush is the disaster on the Humanity. Satan could never be worse evil than old Bush. No fool is ever born to match the young bush. Obama if he could rescue america from the damages, then he will be the greatest hero the world ever had. Could Obama's goodness and intelligence match the villainy and stupidity of the Bushs'?

Did anyone else notice that this fool answered NOT ONE THING about my post and the accusations against the LIAR Messiah . Why not well of course because HE CANNOT DENY THE FACTS. So his solution he RANTED an INCOHERENT tirade of hate against Bush. Such is the intellect and mentality of the OBAMA NUT JOBS.
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piggy wrote:During the Clinton years, U.S. intelligence agencies were prohibited from collaborating with other agencies committed to America's safety. The Patriot Act ended this failure in intelligence gathering once Bush signed it and would have allowed the FBI, as Debra Burlingame states in a Jan. 30, 2006 column in the Wall Street Journal, to prevent Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi from flying one of the planes into the Pentagon on 9/11 if it had been signed before that day.
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I am so pleased to see that last Cartoon in your as usual CHILDISH bunch of nonsense CAT. You are so Mohammedan like in accusing others of just what THEY are doing. FEAR is exactly what your MESSIAH is whipping up and is the cause of most of the HUGE economic downturn and surge in unemployment SINCE he was selected as the Democratic candidate and is of course exactly the WRONG thing to be doing. But then the LIAR Messiah has not come to save America he has come to DESTROY America. Its all in his Whitey and America hating books .
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Bush approval greater than the LIAR, criminal usurper Obaaaaama. (aka Mr. Iscrewedup) :tongueout:

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A new poll revealed that the president's personal approval ratings have slumped to levels below those of George W. Bush at the same stage of his first term, undermining the common assumption that Mr Obama is enjoying unusual levels of public popularity.
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